Our coverage of the 2019 edition of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues with a look at the relatively-economically-priced Parisian Breakfast in the France Pavilion, which is hosted at (Les) Chefs de France. You may remember that the website has reviewed more than 250 items available from the Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces with an index of the reviews located here.
The Parisian Breakfast is scheduled on Saturdays during the Festival, officially from 9:15am to 10:45am. You’ll have the easiest time getting over to the France Pavilion early by entering through the International Gateway entrance in between the France and UK Pavilions. We used Uber/Lyft to drop us off at the Beach Club Resort around 8:40am and then walked over to the International Gateway. Guests staying at the Beach Club/Yacht Club/BoardWalk Inn/Swan/Dolphin can easily walk to the International Gateway from their resorts. The Disney Skyliner also (ideally) drops off guests transferring from Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, Riviera, and Hollywood Studios right at the International Gateway. From elsewhere, those using Disney transportation would need to take the bus to Hollywood Studios from their resort and then walk or use the Skyliner to ride over to the International Gateway from there. I do just that in this post, in case you’re wondering what the Skyliner process from the Studios to Epcot looks like in practice.
Our meandering visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom continues before we refocus on some fall touring strategy with the daily (Extra) Extra Magic Hours coming to an end in about a week’s time. Those who were able to take advantage of Extra Extra Magic Hours, particularly throughout September and into early October, enjoyed a real treat with some of the easiest touring and shortest waits that we may see until the next major recession/hurricane hits. You can pull up how much I was able to do at Animal Kingdom in this post. We’re talking about two rides on Flight of Passage with waits shorter than it would take with FastPass+ later in the day, followed by virtually no waits for any other attractions for several hours thereafter.
As part of this series, we began by taking a look over the updated quick service menus, which are now much heavier on so-called “plant-based” offerings. I reviewed a couple of the new vegan items, including pizza and sausages of all things. I followed that up with my late afternoon arrival at Animal Kingdom, with a review of the updated UP! A Bird Adventure show. and Rivers of Light: We Are One, with stops in Asia and DinoLand.
We’ll stop by Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take advantage of some of the lowest crowds of the year in early October to check out some changes around the Park. We’ll be able to use what we see as a sort of barometer for later in the month, when crowds should rise.
Entertainment is an important part of place-making and the wealth of acts that you’ll see around Harambe are a big piece of what makes the area “feel” alive.
As you’re probably aware, Disney has raised the price of just about everything at Walt Disney World over the last month, including a big increase on snacks back during the first week of October. Around the same time, they also raised prices on buffets and character meals, along with the prices on most a la carte items at other restaurants. It can actually be a bit of a hassle to figure out how much most buffets and character meals cost because Disney doesn’t publish the exact figures due to the fact that they are subject to change seasonally. The following should offer a pretty good idea about what to expect, but keep in mind that you may see a $~3 increase if you’re dining around Christmas, Easter, or whenever Disney thinks demand is high enough that they can extract a few extra dollars from you.
Of note is the fact that standard character meal lunches and dinners now cost more than $57 for anyone aged ten or over and $34 for kids between the ages of three and nine. ‘Ohana dinner is also up to $57 for adults and $31 for kids, while we may just be one more price increase away from dinner at Trail’s End topping $40 for adults. It’s currently $39.41.
I’ve organized the list by location, beginning with the theme parks and then continuing on to the resorts. I’ve also linked to my most recent reviews with an occasional link to a compatriot’s site when the information is more up to date.
All prices include tax.
Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night:
- Adult: $133.13, Child: $105.44
- Adult: $24.49, Child: $13.84
- Adult: $79, Child: $47
- Lion King Dining Package Tier 1: Adult: $105.44, Child: $52.19
- Lion King Dining Package Tier 2: Adult: $78.81, Child: $30.89
- Rivers of Light Dining Package: Adult: $71.36, Child: $27.69
We’ll head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a little update on everything that’s going on over there.
This update will focus on menu changes and reviews of a few new items. We’ll then take a walk around and see what’s happening around the Park.